March 22, 2013 |
That time you're spending on Facebook may not be wasted productivity, after all. At least, that's what yet another Facebook-based study has found. You may remember Stuart Smiley, the fey self-affirmation addict portrayed on "Saturday Night Live" by now-Sen. Al Franken. He stares into the mirror and declares, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and, dog gone it, people like me. " That's what Facebook does, according to a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
February 22, 2012 |
Can a person's Facebook profile reveal what kind of employee he or she might be? The answer is yes, and with unnerving accuracy, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. And if you are smugly thinking to yourself, "I've carefully wiped my Facebook page of any incriminating photos, comments and wall posts," - well, it turns out you may still not have hidden your true nature from future employers: On a rating scale that examines key personality attributes that indicate future job success, you might get rated high in conscientiousness and possibly low on extroversion.
March 29, 2013 |
The California golden poppies aren't popping right now at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster. Southern Californians wait each year to see whether the state flower will turn the reserve and surrounding areas into fields of blinding orange. "Debbie Downer warning ... we probably won't really have a peak at all this year. Many of the plants that have managed to squeeze out a small poppy have desiccated mid-bloom," says a post on the reserve's Facebook page.
May 18, 2012 |
Did you notice that Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page updated as he rang the Nasdaq bell Friday morning? Well, that was an "epic" hack. It started with a lunchtime kibbitz and a Facebook post on Monday, Facebook software engineer David Garcia wrote on TechCrunch. Garcia said he posted on his Facebook page, "We should totally hack the button so it pushes an open graph action, 'Mark Rang the NASDAQ bell.'" The very first comment was an unequivocal sign of approval from the big guy himself: "It would be epic if you pulled that off. " With that, Garcia got to work searching for the solution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 |
Holding red apples, a crowd of more than 100 parents, teachers and students raised their arms high on Sunday in a salute to Mark Black, Santa Monica High School's suspended veteran science teacher and wrestling coach, and to besieged teachers everywhere. The rally in support of Black, who was put on leave 10 days ago after physically tangling with a student carrying drugs in class, was also an implicit rebuke to the school district's superintendent, who appeared to side with an unruly student, rather than a respected educator and coach.
July 12, 2013 |
We discovered the Ruin about 12 years ago when it was a small, abandoned stone house. We were hiking in Pioneertown's Pipes Canyon, and there it was, all by itself in a cove-like setting of boulders and desert plants and barely the remains of a road to get to it. We hiked back about a year after and the roof had been knocked in, or it had caved in after years of weather and neglect. A few months later, on another visit, we saw the western wall where the front door and window once stood were gone.
September 6, 2012 |
The Lakers ... bigger than the NBA? Of course it only feels that way if you live in L.A. The most-recent social media rankings -- and don't we all just love polls? -- are available for viewing on the website sportsfangraph.com. But a quick snapshot is a telling one. The Lakers' Twitter feed (@Lakers) has the most followers among NBA teams, as does its Facebook page, 2.7 million and 14.6 million, respectively. Orlando is No. 2, in terms of Twitter followers, with 1.08 million.
March 13, 2012 |
Election day has arrived -- at Frontier Airlines . For the first time, the Denver-based airline on Monday asked fliers to vote for the next animal that should grace the tail of one of its planes. And here's a game-changer in this election: Not all 18 contenders follow the cute-and-cuddly model. In fact, some are downright off-putting. Fans may cast their ballot for hopefuls such as Paula the Pig and Duke the Arctic Dog (high on the cute index) or Doug the Dung Beetle and Samson the Sloth (uh, freakish and strange)
November 5, 2013 |
Early last week, Rachel Poole, the Texas wife of an overseas soldier anticipating the birth of their daughter, posted on her Facebook page: “ 10 days and counting....... Can not wait until Izzy gets here!!!!! These past six months have gone so slowly. The end is finally in sight. Anxious for my family to be together!!!” Today, Poole's family is reunited, but the last week has been nothing like planned. On Wednesday, Poole, 31, was on the phone with her husband when a man armed with a knife broke into their El Paso home.
February 14, 2012 |
Parents may be applauding Tommy Jordan, the dad from North Carolina who famously shot his 15-year-old daughter's laptop with a .45 and made a YouTube video to prove it, but parenting expert Larry Winget says he should have skipped the gunfire and turned to duct tape instead. "To me it would have made more sense to take duct tape and wrap it up and show it to her," said Winget, the tough talking author of "Your Kids are Your Own Fault" and "You're Broke Because You Want to Be. " "And I would say look at what you can't have.